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Scott D. Pierce

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  • Stefanie Martine stars as young Jane Tennison in ìPrime Suspect: Tennison.î  Courtesy ITV Studios and NoHo Film & Television for ITV and MASTERPIECE Scott D. Pierce: ‘Prime Suspect’ returns to PBS with a younger woman … because it’s a prequel
    Stefanie Martini readily admits that she felt “huge amounts of pressure” taking on the lead role in “Prime Suspect: Tennison.” And who could blame he...
    Updated Jun 24 2017 11:40 am   |     |   Share

  • (Steve Griffin  |  Tribune file photo)     Salt Lake County Sheriff’s deputies exit the Salt Lake City Public Library, March 5, 1994 after a hostage situation within the building. Scott D. Pierce: Salt Lake library hostage incident retold on ABC’s ‘In an Instant’
    For the second time in a year, Utah takes center stage in “20/20: In an Instant.” On June 25, 2016, an episode titled “Murder in the Maternity Ward” ...
    Updated Jun 22 2017 03:21 pm   |     |   Share

  • NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, center, poses for photos with prospective NBA draft picks Buddy Hield, left, Kris Dunn, right, Ben Simmons, third from left, and Brandon Ingram, second from right, before the NBA basketball draft, Thursday, June 23, 2016, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) Pierce: NBA draft doesn’t hold anticipation for Jazz fans
    There may not be much excitement for Jazz fans coming out of Thursday’s NBA draft. Odds are that whoever Utah picks probably won’t make a huge impact ...
    Updated Jun 20 2017 09:17 pm   |     |   Share

  •   Gabrielle Elyse and Mary Nepi star in “Snatchers.” Courtesy Stage 13 Scott D. Pierce: Teen gives birth to alien in Utah-made web series
    The new web series “Snatchers” is the story of a high-school girl who loses her virginity one day and gives birth to a murderous alien creature the ne...
    Updated Jun 19 2017 02:05 pm   |     |   Share

  • ‘Andi Mack’ actor loves working in Utah — and his parents will let him drive here
    Andi Mack” co-star Joshua Rush had no hesitation whatsoever when he learned that the Disney Channel series was going to film in Utah. “We love it ove...
    Updated Jun 15 2017 03:05 pm   |     |   Share

  • |  Courtesy Cass Fine  Rosalie Sorrels Folk singer and former Utahn Rosalie Sorrels dies
    Rosalie Sorrels, a former Utahn who was twice nominated for Grammys and influenced a generation of folk singers, died Sunday in Reno, Nev., at age 83....
    Updated Jun 19 2017 11:32 am   |     |   Share

  • A Nashville Predators fan looks on after the Predators’ 2-0 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 6 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final, Sunday, June 11, 2017, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) Scott D. Pierce: Sports fans, don’t toss f-bombs on live TV
    A couple of bad things happened to the Nashville Predators on Sunday. First, they lost Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final to the Pittsburgh Penguins, who...
    Updated Jun 13 2017 09:02 pm   |     |   Share

  • Sarah Shatz  |  Netflix   Charlie Cox and Krysten Ritter in “Marvel’s The Defenders.” Summer TV viewing isn’t just reruns now, with plenty of new shows on the way
    Long gone are the days when the summer months were filled with nothing but television reruns. June, July and August are replete with new series and ne...
    Updated Jun 09 2017 08:32 pm   |     |   Share

  • Scott D. Pierce: Salt Lake City man demonstrates ‘Superhuman’ skill on Fox
    Salt Lake’s John Graham is “Superhuman.” He’s one of the participants on Fox’s summer show of that title (Monday, 8 p.m., Ch. 13), and what he does i...
    Updated Jun 08 2017 02:44 pm   |     |   Share

  • Utah Jazz forward Gordon Hayward (20) drives as Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (23) defends in the first half during Game 4 of the NBA basketball second-round playoff series, Monday, May 8, 2017, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer) Scott D. Pierce: ROOT will stream Jazz, but it won’t be free
    ROOT Sports is going to enter the 21st century and give Utah Jazz fans another way to watch their team — online. That option has not been available t...
    Updated Jun 06 2017 09:16 pm   |     |   Share

  • FILE - In this May 5, 2016 file photo, Megyn Kelly poses for a portrait in New York. In a new book, Kelly says Donald Trump tried unsuccessfully to give her a free hotel stay as part of what she called his pattern of trying to influence news coverage of his presidential campaign. In ’Settle for More,’ to be released Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2016, Kelly also said Trump may have gotten a pre-debate tip about her first question, in which she confronted him with his critical comments about women. (Photo by Victoria Will/Invision/AP, File) Scott D. Pierce: Megyn Kelly moves to NBC with lots of baggage
    While Donald Trump has been inundated with (mostly deserved) criticism, he did manage to pull off a minor miracle while he was a candidate for preside...
    Updated Jun 13 2017 04:30 pm   |     |   Share

  • |  Courtesy Glenn Kulbako  Andy Cohen and Anderson Cooper perform onstage. Stage: Opposites entertain? Anderson Cooper, Andy Cohen team up
    If you can’t envision respected newsman Anderson Cooper sitting down and watching any of the “Real Housewives” shows produced by his pal Andy Cohen, y...
    Updated Jun 01 2017 05:33 pm   |     |   Share

  • Alabama head coach Nick Saban, center, holds up the championship trophy with players after the NCAA college football playoff championship game against Clemson Monday, Jan. 11, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. Alabama won 45-40. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson) Scott D. Pierce: College football is broken — check the numbers
    If you’ve paid any attention to college sports whatsoever, you know that there’s a vast disparity between the television revenue brought in by schools...
    Updated May 30 2017 10:16 pm   |     |   Share

  •   ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey presents the network’s new lineup for the 2017-2018 season — including “American Idol” — to the advertising and media communities at Lincoln Center in New York City. Paula Lobo  |  ABC Scott D. Pierce: ABC hopes ‘American Idol’ is a loss leader
    Executives at the four major broadcast networks all had conversations with the producers of “American Idol” about bringing the show back. CBS said no...
    Updated May 27 2017 06:36 pm   |     |   Share

  •   Lil Rel Howery as Bobby Carmichael, Tiffany Haddish as Nekeisha, Amber Stevens West as Maxine, Jerrod Carmichael as Jerrod Carmichael, David Alan Grier as Joe Carmichael and Loretta Devine as Cynthia Carmichael in ’The Carmichael Show.’ Chris Haston  |  NBC Scott D. Pierce: ‘Carmichael Show’ takes a brave step into uncomfortable territory
    Jerrod Carmichael — a standup comedian-turned-sitcom star — said he is “used to going to a somewhat uncomfortable territory with material.” He does ju...
    Updated May 26 2017 08:14 am   |     |   Share

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      Peyton Elizabeth Lee stars as the title character in “Andi Mack,” which is being produced in Utah. Fred Hayes  |  Disney Channel Disney Channel renews made-in-Utah ‘Andi Mack’ for Season 2
    There’s good news for the Disney Channel and for Utah — the cable outlet has ordered a second season of “Andi Mack.” Production on the second season w...
    Updated May 25 2017 07:26 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Brooks Lennon (27) celebrates Real forward Yura Movsisyan (14) after Movsisyan  scored for Real Salt Lake, in MLS action Real Salt Lake vs. Los Angeles Galaxy at Rio Tinto Stadium, Saturday, March 18, 2017. Scott D. Pierce: MLS’ latest TV plan is just plain dopey
    It’s no secret that Major League Soccer’s national television ratings are not good. Last year, national telecasts averaged 188,000 viewers on Fox Spor...
    Updated May 24 2017 03:38 pm   |     |   Share

  • Clive Standen and Victoria Snow star in ’Taken.’  Credit: Cristos Kalohoridis/NBC Surprise! Maybe your favorite TV show didn’t get axed
    As the television networks announced their fall schedules over the past few days, the biggest surprises came not in what shows were canceled, but in w...
    Updated May 24 2017 09:43 am   |     |   Share

  •   Tim Allen starred in “Last Man Standing” for six seasons. Courtesy ABC Scott D. Pierce: No, politics did not kill ‘Last Man Standing’
    The latest Really Dumb TV Controversy is the protest over ABC’s cancellation of “Last Man Standing.” The fact-free theory is that because the sitcom’...
    Updated May 22 2017 10:43 am   |     |   Share

  •    Kyle MacLachlan returns to “Twin Peaks.” Suzanne Tenner  |  Showtime Clouded in mystery, ‘Twin Peaks’ is back
    Most television shows are about plot. “Twin Peaks” was about damn fine cups of coffee, cherry pie, the Log Lady, Agent Cooper, otherworldly dreams, a ...
    Updated May 19 2017 04:10 pm   |     |   Share

  • Justin Slee  |  World Productions and Masterpiece  Joanne Froggatt stars as serial killer Mary Ann Cotton in “Dark Angel.” Scott D. Pierce: Froggatt, De Niro play evil in 2 TV movies
    Joanne Froggatt and Robert De Niro are lovely people who play monsters on TV this weekend. Froggatt stars as a 19th-century serial killer whose vict...
    Updated May 19 2017 03:04 pm   |     |   Share

  • Real Salt Lake defender Chris Wingert, left, fights for control of the ball with Colorado Rapids forward Kevin Doyle in the first half of an MLS soccer match, Saturday, April 15, 2017, in Commerce City, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) Scott D. Pierce: Midgame TV interviews are a waste of time
    Just because you can do something, does that mean you should do it? Not always. Among the things that sports telecasts could certainly do without are...
    Updated May 16 2017 09:49 pm   |     |   Share

  • ’Downward Dog’ stars Ned as Martin and Allison Tolman as Nan.   Craig Sjodin  |  ABC Scott D. Pierce: ‘Downward Dog’ is surprisingly good. Really!
    I’m in love with “Downward Dog.” Completely caught up in this new ABC series. That’s probably not a surprise to anyone who knows me, because I love d...
    Updated May 15 2017 09:24 am   |     |   Share

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    |  Courtesy review.org and cabletv.com  According to the website reviews.org, Jimmy Fallon is Utah’s favorite talk-show host — and Utah is the only state that likes Fallon best. Utah is the only state that loves Jimmy Fallon the most ... based on Google searches
    Utah has always been kind of a different place. Peculiar in many ways. And distinctive. Including our preference in talk-show hosts, if the folks at R...
    Updated May 10 2017 05:32 pm   |     |   Share

  • FILE - In this Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2004, file photo, Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc.’s headquarters stands in Hunt Valley, Md. Sinclair Broadcast Group, one of the nation’s largest local TV station operators, announced Monday, May 8, 2017, that it will pay about $3.9 billion for Tribune Media, adding more than 40 stations including KTLA in Los Angeles, WPIX in New York and WGN in Chicago. (AP Photo/Steve Ruark, File) Scott D. Pierce: Will Trump ties affect sale of Salt Lake City’s KSTU-Ch. 13?
    KUTV-Ch. 2’s owner is buying KSTU-Ch. 13’s owner. But FCC regulations prohibit one company from owning both stations, so that’s that, right? Maybe. ...
    Updated May 15 2017 09:24 am   |     |   Share

  • (Scott Sommerdorf   |  The Salt Lake Tribune)     ESPN college football commentators David Pollack, left, Le Corso, and Kirk Herbstreit talk about the Washington at Utah matchup on College Gameday at President’s Circle on the University of Utah campus, Saturday, October 29, 2016. Pierce: ESPN is still TV’s most powerful sports channel
    With the high-profile layoffs and all the stories about how ratings are declining, there seems to be an impression that ESPN is on the verge of bankru...
    Updated May 08 2017 10:05 pm   |     |   Share

  • Channel 2’s owner buys Fox 13’s owner — but may have to resell local station
    KUTV-Ch. 2’s parent company is buying KSTU-Ch. 13’s parent company — and the president of CEO of Sinclair said he thinks the FCC will allow his compan...
    Updated May 08 2017 08:19 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Courtesy photo)   Lamorne Morris, Max Greenfield, Zooey Deschanel, Jake Johnson and Hannah Simone star in ’New Girl.’ Scott D. Pierce: Will your favorite TV shows live or die?
    The broadcast networks will announce their fall schedules next week, which means, of course, that programmers are in the process of deciding which cur...
    Updated May 08 2017 08:42 am   |     |   Share

  • In this April 11, 2017 photo, host Jimmy Kimmel appears during a taping of ’Jimmy Kimmel Live,’ in Los Angeles. Kimmel says his newborn son is home and doing great after open-heart surgery. A tearful Kimmel turned his show’s monologue Monday, May 1, into an emotional recounting of the crisis with what Kimmel called a ’happy ending.’  (Randy Holmes/ABC via AP) Scott D. Pierce: Kudos to Kimmel for defending Obamacare
    Sometimes late-night television transcends its own medium. Becomes emotional. Becomes important. Like when David Letterman summed up the feelings of ...
    Updated May 04 2017 03:09 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Brigham Young Cougars quarterback Taysom Hill (7) is tackled by Mississippi State Bulldogs linebacker Richie Brown (39) during the game at LaVell Edwards Stadium Friday October 14, 2016. Pierce: ESPN cutbacks are not good news for BYU
    Last week’s layoffs at ESPN have no immediate effect on anything in Utah, but they’re certainly an indication that there’s reason to worry. It made h...
    Updated May 02 2017 11:01 pm   |     |   Share